History: “Storied Road of Time”

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“But soon history no longer seemed a clutter of dates and names in some dim, cold antiquity but became a storied road of time when dad told her old tales of wonder and the pride of kings. When he told the simplest incident with the sound of the sea in his voice, it seemed to take on such a coloring of romance and mystery that Jane knew she could never forget it. Thebes…Babylon…Tyre…Athens…Galilee…were places where real folks lived…folks she knew. And, knowing them, it was easy to be interested in everything pertaining to them.”

Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery

This is pretty much how I feel about history. What about you? What makes people from the past become people you know?

10 comments

  1. Marcia Strykowski

    I enjoy picturing people from the past in the same settings we have today, gazing out at the same ocean waves, etc. I’ve never read Jane of Lantern Hill. I’m going to have to fix that!

    • Deb Watley

      Yes! Me, too! I especially noticed how visiting Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields make me think of the soldiers in a much more concrete way versus looking at a map or photo. Reading Jane of Lantern Hill may be dangerous (in a good way)–it may make you want to visit Prince Edward Island!

  2. Mary Louise Sanchez

    Learning the stories of people in the past, through genealogical research, and other research (including reading historical fiction) makes them come alive for me.

    • Deb Watley

      Yes, yes, and yes! I just read The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester, about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. Winchester’s focus on the people involved made a potentially dull history to be very fascinating.

  3. Jane Healy

    A poetic quotation. I agree that the person, whether real life in non-fiction or a character in fiction, makes me feel connected. I can see the time period through the character’s eyes, as well as my own.

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